Saturday, January 26, 2008

Temple Maintenance....Under Construction??

I was a skinny little kid. One of those pale skinned, blonde, blue-eyed skinny kids. No, not the white blonde, the golden variety. And my knees touched when nothing else even came close.

Then I turned nine years old. Pre-puberty hormones went into overdrive and food was good! Too good, apparently.

That one year changed my life forever. I became the "chubby girl". The good thing about it at the time...I didn't realize I was the chubby girl! Food was good, life was good, I had friends-lots of friends.

I'm still not exactly sure when it hit me. It was probably around the time when boys began to hold more potential than bike-riding buddies. Whenever it was, it started a downward spiral of low self-esteem, wishing to be thin and endless diets.

Never truly satisfied, I entered married life at what I thought was a decent size and pressed forward.

Then came the children. Six of them. *sigh* Need I say more?!?!My baby #6 is 2 years old. I'm still blaming my extra weight on baby #4. He's ten. BUT, I gained 70 pounds with that pregnancy! It has to be his fault!

When baby #6 hit 3 months old, I began the frantic on-again, off-again diet and exercise. I was very heavy-even for me. I had times of strict discipline and times of no control. However, I managed to knock off some weight!

Then, I started again in July. By September, I dropped a little more.

Fast forward to now. I have been working out, watching my diet, trying to drink water (blech). Since September, I have lost nothing. NADA. I tried taking a break from the diet, taking a break from the exercise, working harder, working less. It doesn't matter-no budge in the scale.

I am completely frustrated. If I can lay around, eat what I want (within reason, of course) and stay at this weight, then why would I choose to work harder??

I know, I know. Health reasons. Family history of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer. Need I say more?

My body is my temple and I only have one.

So, I will continue to watch my diet. I will workout again and again....
I will press forward. And I will look at the progress I have made.

Since February 2006, I have lost 37 pounds. I have lost most of that in the last six months.
I may be on a plateau, but eventually, I will push over and beyond!

I will press forward!

Only 40 more pounds to go.....

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